The wedding rehearsal dinner speech is a fun speech.
That’s because the rehearsal dinner is the night before and a time for the
bridal party and guests to just have a good time. There is no reason at all for
a wedding rehearsal dinner speech to be anything other than lighthearted and in
good fun. It is completely acceptable for a wedding rehearsal dinner speech to
be really funny, too.
Generally, the way wedding rehearsal dinner speeches go is that the father of
the groom, who usually pays for the rehearsal dinner, stands up and makes a
short toast to the bride and groom. Then, the floor is open for short speeches
by anyone who wants to give well wishes to the happy couple. This is a fun time
for the bridal party to say a few words as well as out of town guests.
Writing the Rehearsal Dinner Speech
Most people will just give a toast off the cuff at the rehearsal dinner. Since
these are short toasts that is completely acceptable and expected. However, if
you are planning on giving a toast at the rehearsal dinner then you may want to
sit down and think it through a bit. For example, the father of the groom will
give a speech and he knows he will well in advance. So, it makes complete sense
for the father of the groom to do a little research and write an appropriate
speech for the rehearsal dinner.
When writing the speech it is a good idea to include a few jokes. Rehearsal
dinners are all about fun and preparing for the next day. So, mixing serious
with fun is a great way to give the speech.
Delivering the rehearsal dinner speech is no different than any other speech.
You will want to pay attention and make eye contact. You want to give the group
some time to laugh at your jokes but not so much time that there is a break in
the toast. Generally, a fast toast that is completed in under a minute is
When you are preparing for the wedding rehearsal toast you will want to think
through what you are going to say. The last thing you want to do is tell a story
that the bride or groom is unaware of or do or say anything that would embarrass
them more than just a little bit. All too often information comes out in
speeches in a joking way, but it is not taken this way by the bride or other
members of the bridal party. Because of this it really is important to write
your speech, read it, practice it, and run it by others.
Following the tips outlined here will prove very helpful to you when you plan on
giving a rehearsal dinner speech. Everyone will love your toast and remember
your words for years to come.